Fitness, Tattoos

Fitness and Tattoos

Tattoo Shop

I’m about to open a tattoo shop. Talk about super exciting! While I’m not a tattoo artist, my 2 partners are, and they need someone to keep things organized…

Because of this new adventure, I’ve been brainstorming how to brand my fitness life in tangent with my tattoo life. I love tattoos, and have quite a few already (I’m sure many more will be on the way now that I’ll be living and breathing them), and am excited to be able to share in other people’s brainstorming of skin art. It’s so fun to see what others love enough to have put on their bodies for the rest of their existence!

Fit Tattoos

Already, I’m surprised at how often I hear that people won’t get a tattoo they want because they’re afraid it won’t look right on their flabby body. Or, that since they’re planning on getting into shape (some indistinct timeframe we all have a vague notion of in our minds), they’ll wait until that happens before getting the work done, afraid the change in body composition will change the tattoo.

While it can be easier to tattoo on a slimmer form, since there’s not as much skin to stretch, though there are still areas on skinny people that need stretching, waiting to “get fit first” is not a valid reason to wait. Losing weight will not alter your tattoo directly, and if done well to begin with, will continue to look great through numerous body morphing trials.

To eliminate and prevent the droopy appearance of the remnants of excess body fat during and following weight loss, without resorting to surgical procedures, you must change your body composition, not just lose bodyweight. That means paying particular attention to the ratio of your body fat to muscle, or lean body mass. Preventing loss of lean body mass while dieting to lose body fat will dramatically improve your appearance. –The Myth of Loose Skin

Here’s tiny-vessels amazing body transformation (read all about it on her blog). Please note how well her tattoos held up.

jessica-weight-loss-tinyvessels tiny-vessels-weight-loss

Here’s another example I found on Quora:


I didn’t come across any examples of tattoos AFTER weight gain, so if you have any examples of that, please share 🙂

Send your pictures

I’d love to post your before and after pictures of tattoos that survived weight fluctuations. Send me yours! Or just send me pics of your tattoos! We’d love to see those too! Post in the comments below, or email me:


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